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Workshop on fiber identification

From: Mireia Xarrie <info>
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2003
Fibre identification workshop
Barcelona, Spain
March 12-13, 2004
Morning and afternoon.
The course will begin at 10am in our workshop
Reina Amalia 36
Old town, Barcelona
Price: EURO250

The basic fibre ID workshop is for 2 days and is a combination of
theory and practical that treats the most important natural and
synthetic fibres such as cotton, linen, jute, hemp, silk, hair/wool,
viscose, acetate, polyester, nylon and acrylic.

Investigation methods presented include the use of the human senses
as well as the microscope and stain tests, all of which can be
easily and safely carried out in a conservation lab/studio. No tests
are included which require dangerous chemicals. Participants are
encouraged to bring their own specimens for identification.

Practical sessions include the following:

    *   use of the senses (sight, touch, feel, smell), especially
        with burn tests

    *   making slide preparations for examination under the
        microscope making cross sections for examination under the

    *   carrying out stain tests with the microscope

    *   making permanent mounts for a reference collection

    *   examination of known and unknown fibres, supplied by the
        teacher and the participants

Theory sessions include the following:

    *   importance of using a systematic approach (scientific
        method)classification of textile fibres physical
        characteristics and appearance of plant, animal and
        synthetic fibres

    *   relation between the original function and physical
        characteristics/appearance of fibres

    *   physical characteristics of degraded fibres

The participants take home the following:

    *   a reader that comprises explanations of all the examination
        techniques, other examination methods, required materials,
        articles for further reading, appendices, SEM and
        microscopic photographs of fibres and their methods of

    *   a sample book of the most important fibres in woven form the
        beginning of their own reference collection of prepared

Teacher: J.Barnett  (Textile conservation consultant: textile
research and analysis; materials, techniques, style, condition,
advice, Until 2002: Head tutor in textile conservation, parttime,
Instituut Collectie Nederland, Amsterdam).

Language: The course will be tought in English

To enroll, please complete our registration form
<URL:> and send it to

    mireia [at] balaam-art__com
    Fax: +34 93 2123715

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